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Capitals prospect Ivan Miroshnichenko

The Washington Capitals got good news on Wednesday, as Ivan Miroshnichenko continues his progress toward a return this season.

The 2022 first-rounder was back on the ice with Omsk and in good spirits ahead of 2022-23. The plan is for him to try and play this season. And seeing him back on the ice in full gear is a good sign.

And, speaking of Capitals prospects, the team is seeing several of them make noise ahead of training camp.

Meanwhile, in other NHL news, Nazem Kadri remains unsigned. However, signs still seem to point to him heading for the Island.

Here are all the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the NHL:

Washington Capitals Links

  • Top Capitals prospect Miroshnichenko, a top-5 talent who fell to 20th after his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis in March, is back on the ice and skating ahead of the season as he continues his comeback. (WHN)
  • The World Juniors are starting back up, and there are a couple of Washington prospects to keep an eye on in Edmonton. (WHN)
  • Several current and former Capitals, including Hendrix Lapierre, Anthony Mantha, Daniel Sprong and Zach Fucale, are lighting up a 3-on-3 summer league in Montreal. (WHN)

NHL Links

  • Reports indicated that Nazem Kadri was headed for Long Island, but the team has work to do before signing him. (NYIHN)
  • Speaking of the New York Islanders, assistant coach Brian Wiseman was quickly replaced heading into 2022-23, and major former allegations against him may be the reason why. (NYIHN)
  • The Calgary Flames are looking forward to kicking off a new era with Jonathan Huberdeau. (CHN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Miroshnichenko is under contract with the KHL’s Avangard Omsk until 2024. General manager Brian MacLellan said the Russian will honor that deal before moving full-time to D.C. It’s similar to the Evgeny Kuznetsov situation from a decade ago.
  • The Ottawa Senators are among the winners of this offseason, and I see them being a top playoff team in 2022-23.
  • Our WHN Mailbag will be out later today, so keep an eye on your inbox as we answer more burning questions ahead of the new campaign.
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